Update from the President and Vice-Chancellor - December 2016

President and Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner AO As 2016 draws to a close, the moment is opportune to reflect on some of the accomplishments of our alumni as well as key events that have occurred across the Monash community.

The Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, recently visited our Clayton campus to launch the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI). The BDI is one of the largest institutes of its  kind in Australia, offering the potential to transform millions of lives through world class interdisciplinary research. The Prime Minister used the occasion to speak of the instrumental role our University plays in advancing education and research while also helping to drive economic growth.

Monash alumni continue to be recognised for their contributions to research, business and the community, most recently at the Victorian International Education Awards and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Internationally, our Bachelor  of Economics alumna, Jackie Robb has been presented the Australian Ambassador’s Alumni Award for Women in Leadership.

Monash University has ranked 57th in the 2016 Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings. This wonderful recognition is testament to the collective efforts of our staff in the Better Teaching  Better Learning initiative and the Careers Leadership and Volunteering group in preparing our graduates for the employment market.

On 26 November, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first graduates of our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. Held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the event was a wonderful opportunity to recognise our medicine pioneers and acknowledge their  accomplishments and success in the decades that have followed.

More than 3,000 alumni have donated to our Achieving Potential Scholarship program this year. My sincere thanks to each of you who have generously contributed to this important program. Your support enables us to provide scholarships for our most deserving students, many of  whom would not otherwise be able to attend the University, as well as advancing our record of excellence in research and education.

Lastly, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and New Year. I look forward to sharing more insights and updates from across our Monash community in 2017. As always, please use this opportunity to contact and engage with us through the Alumni Engagement team. Only through  your suggestions and contributions can we continue to grow as a community.

Regards,

Professor Margaret Gardner AO

President and Vice-Chancellor